Are You Coming or Going?

“Beloved, now we are children of God;  and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  (1 John 3:2)

All of John’s epistles were written as love letters, describing how God loves us and we love Him.  It also is about our love for each other.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”   (1 John 1:7a)

We used to sing “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

Join me in praying for those who have cut others off or practice “distancing” from others, especially within the church family.  What if, when the “virus” is no longer a threat and we can worship together in our church sanctuary, there are fewer of us than before?  How sad would that be?  There should be more of us!

I believe local churches should be woven together by love for God and for each other.  Woven together, we make a beautiful tapestry…a picture of a loving God and a loving group of people.  Think how beautiful our community would be if our churches represented such a picture!

In these unprecedented days, let’s reach out to someone who has distanced themselves from others and bring them back into the fold where they will be welcomed and loved.

To those outside our flock, I encourage you to go back to your church or a church.  This pandemic may be a wake-up call from God!

I will close with one of Paul’s prayers:  Philippians 1:9-11

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

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